Friday, August 19, 2011

Read A Good Book: Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows

This is one of the most enjoyable, light-hearted books I have read in a very long time. If you love old-fashioned letter writing or if you are a writer of any kind then I will bet you will adore this story as much as I do. Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Burrows was published in 2009 by Dial Press Trade Paperback Editions and is a tale of a newspaper writer who stumbles upon a good book in a used book-store and happens to write a letter to the original owner whose mailing address is tucked inside. Main character Juliet Ashton lives in London and is living in the aftermath of the war while writing upbeat articles for the local paper when she discovers a new friend on the island of Guernsey thanks to the book she found in a used bookstore.

Juliet pries more details out of the shy Mr. Dawsey as she learns of the unique literary society started by chance when an unlikely group of islanders gathered for a pig roast during their time under German occupation. Romance, heartbreak and friendships blossom as a result of these letters along with a rich history of the island painting a beautiful and inspiring picture of the life and times of the people in England and Guernsey.

Without giving any more away I urge you to read this book made up entirely of letters and telegrams sent back and forth among the characters. The characters have their own fabulous personalities and quirks and I bet you’ll be inspired to write old-fashioned letters again to the ones you love.

If you enjoyed the review and would like to find a copy of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society for yourself you can check out your local library, local book-store, or follow this link to Amazon:

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

BoySlut Open Submissions

Devlin De La Chapa sent me a link to Boy Slut and I’m so glad! Flash poetry and fiction are featured here and you may send your original and previously unpublished poetry year round. Poems from 4-64 lines are accepted, I would send 3-5 so the editor can get a feel for your work. Provide a bio in case your work is accepted and please be sure to have a subject line that reads something similar to: Poetry Submission/Last Name

Send a brief e-mail with your poems pasted into the e-mail (no attachments please) to:

For further details, check them out at:

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Poems Found by Poet Hound
“Montana” by A. G. Sinclair
“Indiana” by Dale Patterson

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

David E. Oprava's Viral Book y?

y? is published by Grievous Jones Press in the United Kingdom, this particular collection of poetry is being sent around the world from individual to individual by good old fashioned word of mouth and snail mail.

I won’t be posting any poems in their entirety here, I have not contacted Mr. Oprava or Grievous Jones Press for permission and feel that I’m long overdue to present a Tuesday Feature post.

I will say that this collection is imaginative in combining symbols for titles and poems that have layers of meaning. Words are broken down so that you can read them as one word or as a phrase: “image a nation” is one example.

The poems are eclectic, lively, and radical. One poem’s beginning line really caught my attention: “Art broke up w/ God”

Such lines spin the imagination and this collection of poetry certainly does. I highly recommend finding a copy for yourself or finding a way to become part of the chain of people sending this collection from individual to individual at Grievous Jones Press.

Mr. Oprava himself is an American currently living in the U.K. and has published three other full length collections such as VS. with Erbacce Press and has published poems in countless journals. His website is easy to navigate and I quite enjoyed reading his bio.
To learn more about Mr. Oprava, check out his web-site here:

To learn more about participating in the viral-book concept or to get a copy of y? for yourself, visit Grievous Jones Press:

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Raven Images

This site features poetry, visual poetry, and all manner of wonderful things hosted by Rhonda Miller. Check it out at:

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